It is a common concern in our communities these days: what will happen to us when we get too old to take care of ourselves. As the aging generations grow larger and larger in numbers, we're beginning to realize that something must be done.
Slowly, a culture shift is taking place - retirees are moving in together to save money and share the burden of living. In-law suites and guests houses are popping up all across the country and retirement living communities are expanding.
But, one young man is going against the grain and reaching out in a way that many young people today don't.
Chris Salvatore is a 31-year-old Hollywood actor whose closest friend just happens to be his 89-year-old neighbor, Norma Cook. When she became gravely ill, doctors told her that she could no longer live alone and that she would need round-the-clock care.
Chris was already visiting Norma almost every day at and she calls him the grandson she never had, so it only seemed natural to him that he would be the one to take care of her when her in her time of need.
When they first met, nearly five years ago, Norma and Chris were just friendly neighbors, saying 'hi' to one another through their kitchen windows. Then, one day, Norma offered Chris a glass of Champagne and their friendship bond was sealed.
Norma has been battling leukemia, but things took a turn for the worse when she caught pneumonia and spent two months in the hospital struggling to breathe.
Chris couldn't bear the thought of her living in a facility, so he asked her to move in with him.
Now the two have a happy routine. He cooks for her, they watch the news, chat and drink Champagne. Even the cat, Hermes, has adjusted to their new digs.
"Moving her in... it feels as though it was meant to be all along," he told TODAY. "It's really fulfilling to be there for her."
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